Wednesday, March 14, 2012
Taking the lid off worked a little better. More milk actually went in her mouth, but a lot more milk also went down her shirt.
Hopefully, by the time we go up to Utah for Easter she will be a proficient.
I usually leave all food blogging to my sister, but I'm really happy with some of our recent concoctions. Mark helping in the kitchen has some great results!
Mark has been producing delicious ice cream for a long time now, but his pomegranate and mango varieties are even better. Add fresh pineapple, and you have your own Red Mango treat.
We also dramatically improved upon our pizza making with the addition of the pizza stone. (Thanks Hayley!) Again fresh pineapple was featured heavily...I think I'm in a pineapple groove. We go through them so fast!
Saturday, March 10, 2012
Miss Abigail has recently begun smiling, and laughing. One version of her smile involves her opening her mouth as wide as she can so that it appears she wants to eat you. Abby coos and grunts and makes happy noises.
Abby is very interested in her hands. She loves looking at them, sucking them (especially her thumb). She grabs and follows toys and hands and bottles. She actually helps you hold her bottle now. She will push it away and pull it back when she wants a break or is ready for more.
Abby is still unsure if she likes eating from a spoon. She will eat the apples, avocado, bananas or rice if they are thinned out by enough milk. She doesn't usually eat very much though. She still prefers a big bottle. She weighs about 10 lbs 6 oz.
Abigail rolled from her back to her stomach for the first time this week.
At five months, Alyssa continues to be a happy (mostly) and energetic little girl. She currently weighs in at 11 lbs 1 oz. She loves to smile, laugh, talk to Abby, and sing. She is generally really happy unless she is hungry or going to sleep.
Alyssa is very good at following people and toys, reaching and batting at her toys, and giving hugs and kisses. She is very close to rolling from her back to her stomach. She loves to suck on her fingers. She prefers her first and second fingers. She recently has begun spitting, which is surprisingly adorable.
Friday, March 9, 2012
So far, her development seems normal with no obvious signs of any developmental delays. That was good - but we pretty much knew that, already.
The MRI showed that her corpus callosum did not change at all. It is still about 60% of the normal. The MRI also showed that her ventricles has increased in size 10-15% (after taking into account the normal increase in size). When she was born and the partial agenesis of the corpus callosum was discovered, we were thinking that her small corpus callosum was possibly making her ventricles look bigger. While that may contribute, it is now clear that there is some problem with her ventricular system that is resulting in a build up of pressure. There appears to be some aqueductal stenosis - which is where the small drainage "pipe" between the 3rd ventricle and the 4th ventricle, called the aqueduct, is at least partially blocked. Her aqueduct appeared small, which implies that she is not getting good flow through it. We are trying to better understand the circulation system of the Cerebrospinal Fluid (CSF). Whatever the cause, we are going to be watching more closely in case the ventricles continue to grow or increase in rate of growth.